The BBC and Iraq Ten Years On By David McQueen

2 April 2013 — New Left Project

The tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq was marked in Baghdad with a wave of deadly bombings that killed at least sixty people and injured over two hundred. In Britain the anniversary brought on a wave of retrospectives and handwringing recollections by the likes of the BBC’s John Simpson. Simpson and other media pundits who gave credence to the government’s claims on WMD a decade ago have yet to apologise for their role in building the case for invasion. Continue reading

Iraq and the Betrayal of a People – Impunity Forever? By Hans Christof Von Sponeck

20 February, 2013 — BRussells Tribunal


Ethnic tension and sectarianism have become a major element in Iraqi politics since the US/UK invasion of 2003, a polarization of inter-group relations Iraqis had not known before. This explains much of the existing hideous crime including murder, kidnapping, property destruction and, most noteworthy, the deteriorating relationships between Baghdad and the three northern Kurdish governorates.

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Western backed Free Syrian Army has crossed the line By John Robles

15 December 2012Voice of Russia

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The Free Syrian Army has committed an affront to all humanity by kidnapping and threatening to execute a female Ukrainian journalist and announcing that they will kill all Russians and Ukrainians they find in Syria. This could be taken to be akin to a declaration of war, obviously the armed insurgents in Syria have been emboldened to a point that they have stepped into an area where they are beyond the law.

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Damascus issues arrest warrant for Lebanon’s Hariri

12 December 2012 PressTV

Lebanese lawmaker Saad Hariri (file photo)

The Syrian government has issued an arrest warrant for the Lebanese lawmaker Saad Hariri on charges of sponsoring Syrian militants.

The First Attorney General in the Syrian capital city, Damascus, Mohammed Marwan al-Loji has issued arrest warrants for Hariri as well as another Lebanese lawmaker Uqab Saqr, Syria‘s official news agency SANA reported on Wednesday. 

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HLLN: The lies of RNDDH | Miami Herald finally covers the Brandt kidnapping: Jacqueline Charles Charles fails to confess that her paper was the main racist culprit

20 November 2012 — HLLN


“…the FBI has become involved in the kidnapping ring.” —Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald,


“…Father Jean Juste died because of his wrongful imprisonment, mostly based on RNDDH lies and here it is Jacqueline Charles and the Miami Herald is quoting RNDDH as if they were some legitimate human rights organization.


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Ezili Danto: Assassination attempt on human rights attorney Evel Fanfan and other Haiti Lawyers under attack under Martelly government under US occupied Haiti | History of the Brandt family in Haiti

14 November 2012 — Ezili Danto


Recommended HLLN Link: Bilan voyage d avocat contre la Famille Martelly Haiti Lawyers under attack under Martelly government under US occupied Haiti


Haiti: Brandt Busted as Clintons with Hollywood celebrate sweatshop

Audio: Swapping Haiti lives: Interview on US Haiti Exploits


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Israeli and US Weapons Found in Syria

4 March 2012Prensa Latina

Syrian security forces have found US and Israeli-made weapons among the armaments seized to rebels in anti-insurgent operations, Syrian state media reported.

According to the media, sizable arms cache was found in rural Damascus, Hama and Idleb provinces.

In a farm in Douma, in rural Damascus, police and army forces found an arsenal with 200 assault rifles stored in five plastic containers.

Among the weapons were also US-made Laws or light anti-tank weapon, seven RPG rocket launchers, rifles, Israeli machine guns, DshK munitions boxes, infrared goggles, and backpacks, listed SANA news agency.

Four individual wanted for kidnapping, murder, and acts of intimidation were captured in that operation, while in Deir al-Asafir, also in rural Damascus various armed men accused of terrorist died, and others were arrested in a clash with security forces, said the source.

Meanwhile, in Hilfaya y Khattab, Hama central province, security forces staged combats with armed groups, killing and wounding some of the rebels, detaining others, and seizing weapons.

According to provincial command, two Syrian security troops died in the clash, and a third one was wounded.

The Brutal Murder of Vittorio Arrigoni is Still Shrouded in Mystery By Nicola LoFoco

14 July 2011 —

(translation by Daniela Loffreda)

Three months have passed since April 15, 2011, that damned day when Vittorio Arrigoni’s life was ripped away from us at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists. The truth surrounding his disappearance and the reasons of who and why anyone would have wanted his death are still to be unveiled.

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9 June, 2010 — MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

The most potent propaganda relies on language loaded with hidden implications. In a recent speech, journalist Robert Fisk noted:

“When we westerners find that our enemies – al-Qaeda, for example, or the Taliban – have set off more bombs and staged more attacks than usual, we call it a spike in violence. Ah yes, a spike!

“A spike in violence, ladies and gentlemen is a word first used, according to my files, by a brigadier general in the Baghdad Green Zone in 2004. Yet now we use that phrase, we extemporise on it, we relay it on the air as our phrase.”

It seems reasonable to assert that violence has spiked in, say, Afghanistan because violence +has+ increased. But having accepted this reasonable, open implication, we will likely also accept the hidden prediction – that the rise in violence will be followed by a rapid decline. This is important because if we believed the violence might be long-lasting, perhaps worsening, then we might become concerned, outraged – we might even feel prompted to take action. A spike suggests that, by the time we get round to doing something, the problem may already have gone away.

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Haiti Newslinks 9-10 February, 2010

10 February, 2010

Amy Goodman on the Plight of Haiti
“Haiti, Forgive Us” — The tragedy of the Haitian earthquake continues to unfold, with slow delivery of aid, the horrific number of amputations performed out of desperate medical necessity, more than a million homeless, perhaps 240,000 dead and the approach of the rainy season, which will be followed by the hurricane season.

Eugene Robinson on Haitian Children Kidnapped
“Kidnapping Is Not Charity” — Even in the midst of a terrible natural disaster, spiriting away a busload of kidswith vague plans to worry about the “paperwork” lateris no act of charity.

Haiti PM: rebuilding could take 10 years
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Four weeks after an earthquake shattered its capital, Haiti remains in a precarious situation with no clear idea of how to house …

Angelina Jolie visits Haiti with UN refugee body
The Associated Press
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Angelina Jolie began two days of meetings with Haiti earthquake victims Tuesday in her role as a goodwill ambassador for the UN …

Haiti single is ‘fastest seller’
BBC News
Simon Cowell’s Haiti song featuring Leona Lewis and Mariah Carey, has become the fastest-selling charity single this century. The Official Charts Company …

Haiti quake toll rises to 230000
BBC News
The number of people killed in the Haiti earthquake could be 230000, the Haitian government says, revising its latest estimate up by 18000. …

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U.S. "missionaries" had tried to take 40 other Haitian kids | Haitian man survived 4 weeks in rubble | Ezili Danto interview on situation in Haiti

9 February, 2010 — HLLN

Recommended HLLN Link: Podcast: Ezili Dantò of HLLN on Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Feb. 8, 2010 (mp3 –

Haitians will defend their sovereignty

Beasts in Samaritan Clothing

The Vultures Circle Haiti at Every Opportunity, Natural or Man-made

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– Officer: U.S. missionaries had tried to take other Haitian kids

– Doctors: Haitian may have survived 4 weeks in rubble –, Feb 8, 2010

– Link: Podcast: Ezili Dantò of HLLN on Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Feb. 8, 2010 (mp3 –

Officer: U.S. missionaries had tried to take other Haitian kids From Karl Penhaul, CNN, Feb. 9, 2010


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10 American missionaries charged in Haiti with kidnapping/Some Matters to be investigated by Haiti Judge in child kidnapping case

5 February, 2010 — HLLN Newsletter

Recommended HLLN Link: Travesty in Haiti – False aid, false charity, false orphanages, false benevolence

Review of Travesty in Haiti by Ezili Dantò/HLLN

Missionary Case Illuminates Plight of Haiti’s Orphans

“the group was warned away from its plan. Carlos Castillo, the Dominican Republic’s consul general in Port-au-Prince, said in an interview that he met with the group’s leader, Laura Silsby, on Friday at the consulate in the Haitian capital and told her she lacked the documents to transport children.

She told Mr. Castillo she had applied to Dominican authorities for a permit to cross the border, he said. But Mr. Castillo checked and found no such application. “I told her I could authenticate Haitian documents but she had no Haitian documents of any sort,” said Mr. Castillo. “She told me she would try to reach the border in order to cross. I told her not to do that without the necessary documents because she could be accused of trafficking children.”

Mr. Castillo said that at the border Ms. Silsby showed Haitian authorities his business card and said he had authorized her to cross. Border authorities called him and he denied it…Like many NGOs here, the Global Orphan Project discourages adoption, in part because of the large cost involved—up to $25,000 per adoption, he calculated—money that he said would be better used housing and educating children in Haiti… “We have to realize that adoption is always a money business…Neighbors of the Silsby family said they abruptly moved out of their house in nearby Meridian, Idaho, shortly before last Christmas, as it was being foreclosed on. The family had appeared prosperous, they said. “ (Missionary Case Illuminates Plight of Haiti’s Orphans –

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– 10 American missionaries charged in Haiti with kidnapping

– Missionary Case Illuminates Plight of Haiti’s Orphans

– Matters to be investigated by Haiti investigative judge

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